I am a postdoctoral researcher within Prof. Nadia Mazouz’s Chair, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). My current research is in philosophy of the city, and I have also managed a neighbourhood development project for the cantonal government in Basel.

My dissertation is on representations and expressions of inner life, and my habilitation research reverses the angle and studies expressions of ideals and values in public spaces.

I have studied philosophy and English literature in Basel, Fribourg and Harvard. My research has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (Doc.CH), the Walter Benjamin Kolleg, the Holcim Foundation, the philosophy department of ETH Zurich and the Collegium Helveticum. In 2016, I have received the Elisabeth and Werner Leinfellner Prize for the essay “Aesthetics and the ‘Inner’ Life“, and I was shortlisted for the British Society of Aesthetics Essay Prize for “Of Beetles and Roubles: Wittgenstein’s Novelistic Approach to the Interpretation of Action” in 2020.

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